List of public holidays

This is the list of 2018 public holidays for each state and territory in Australia. Public holidays can be different depending on the state or territory you're in. 

Find what the public holidays are in your state territory by selecting from the list below:

Australian Capital Territory

  • Monday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Friday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 12 March - Canberra Day
  • Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  • Saturday 31 March - Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 1 April - Easter Sunday
  • Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
  • Wednesday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 28 May - Reconciliation Day
  • Monday 11 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 1 October - Labour Day
  • Tuesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Wednesday 26 December - Boxing Day

For more information on public holidays in the Australian Capital Territory (eg. regional holidays), contact the Chief Minister and Cabinet external-icon.png.

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New South Wales

  • Monday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Friday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  • Saturday 31 March - Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 1 April - Easter Sunday
  • Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
  • Wednesday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 11 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 6 August - Bank Holiday (applies to banks and certain financial institutions)
  • Monday 1 October - Labour Day
  • Tuesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Wednesday 26 December - Boxing Day

For more information on public holidays in New South Wales (eg. regional holidays), contact the NSW Government external-icon.png.

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Northern Territory

  • Monday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Friday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  • Saturday 31 March- Easter Saturday
  • Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
  • Wednesday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 7 May - May Day
  • Monday 11 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 6 August - Picnic Day
  • Monday 24 December - Christmas Eve (from 7pm to midnight)
  • Tuesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Wednesday 26 December - Boxing Day
  • Monday 31 December – New Year’s Eve (from 7pm to midnight)

Show days in Northern Territory

  • Friday 29 June - Borroloola Show Day
  • Friday 6 July - Alice Springs Show Day
  • Friday 13 July - Tennant Creek Show Day
  • Friday 20 July - Katherine Show Day
  • Friday 27 July - Darwin Show Day

For more information on public holidays in the Northern Territory (eg. regional holidays), contact the NT Government's Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment external-icon.png on (08) 8999 4282.

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Queensland

  • Monday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Friday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  • Saturday 31 March - Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 1 April - Easter Sunday
  • Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
  • Wednesday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 7 May - Labour Day
  • Wednesday 15 August - Royal Queensland Show - Brisbane Area Only
  • Monday 1 October - Queen’s Birthday
  • Tuesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Wednesday 26 December - Boxing Day

For more information on public holidays in Queensland (eg. regional holidays), contact the Queensland Government external-icon.png on 13 74 68.

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South Australia

  • Monday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Friday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 12 March - March Public Holiday
  • Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  • Saturday 31 March - Easter Saturday 
  • Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
  • Wednesday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 11 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 1 October - Labour Day
  • Monday 24 December - Christmas Eve (from 7pm to midnight)
  • Tuesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Wednesday 26 December - Boxing Day / Proclamation Day
  • Monday 31 December - New Year’s Eve (from 7pm to midnight)

Note: every Sunday in South Australia is nominally a public holiday under the Holidays Act 1910. Find out about Sunday pay rates in South Australia.

For more information on public holidays in South Australia (eg. regional holidays), contact SafeWork SA external-icon.png on 1300 365 255.

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Tasmania

  • Monday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Friday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 12 February - Royal Hobart Regatta (only observed in certain areas of the state)
  • Monday 12 March - Eight Hours Day
  • Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  • Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
  • Tuesday 3 April - Easter Tuesday (only applies under certain awards or registered agreements and to the state public service)
  • Wednesday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 11 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Monday 5 November - Recreation Day (all parts of the state which do not observe Royal Hobart Regatta)
  • Tuesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Wednesday 26 December - Boxing Day

For more information on public holidays in Tasmania (eg. regional holidays), contact WorkSafe Tasmania external-icon.png  on 1300 366 322 (within Tasmania) or (03) 6166 4600 (outside Tasmania). 

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Victoria

  • Monday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Friday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 12 March - Labour Day
  • Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  • Saturday 31 March - Easter Saturday
  • Sunday 1 April - Easter Sunday
  • Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
  • Wednesday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 11 June - Queen's Birthday
  • Friday 28 September - Friday before AFL Grand Final
  • Tuesday 6 November - Melbourne Cup (all of Victoria is entitled to Melbourne Cup public holiday unless a different local holiday has been declared for non-metropolitan areas)
  • Tuesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Wednesday 26 December - Boxing Day

For more information on public holidays in Victoria (eg. regional holidays), contact Business Victoria external-icon.png on 13 22 15.

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Western Australia

  • Monday 1 January - New Year's Day
  • Friday 26 January - Australia Day
  • Monday 5 March - Labour Day
  • Friday 30 March - Good Friday
  • Monday 2 April - Easter Monday
  • Wednesday 25 April - Anzac Day
  • Monday 4 June - Western Australia Day
  • Monday 24 September - Queen's Birthday (Some regional areas in WA hold the Queen's Birthday public holiday on a different date)
  • Tuesday 25 December - Christmas Day
  • Wednesday 26 December - Boxing Day

For more information on public holidays in Western Australia (eg. regional holidays), contact the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety external-icon.png on 1300 655 266.

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Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 s.115 external-icon.png

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